The season’s best young sprinters face off for $3.5 million in prize money in the Golden Slipper Stakes 2017 on Saturday, a full form guide analysis and betting preview for the Rosehill classic detailed below.
The capacity sixteen starters will take to the Rosehill Gardens track for Race 7 at 4:10pm (AEDT) when the Group 1 Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) headlines the Sydney racing action on the weekend.
Single-figure fancies in Golden Slipper betting have dominated the race in recent years and this season four of the hopefuls are under $10 for the win through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Despite drawing wide in barrier sixteen, into fourteen if the emergencies come out, the Toby Edmonds-trained Houtzen remains top of the Golden Slipper odds at $4.40.
She comes off an Eagle Farm win by four lengths over 1000m carting a record 63kg to victory and is yet to taste defeat in her four career runs.
Winner of the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast in January, this Queensland-trained filly is proven at the distance and still has plenty of claims even from the wide alley.
Second elect at $5 is the one-time top fancy She Will Reign in barrier thirteen (into eleven) and out to atone for her second in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes when run down late on the Heavy-rated Randwick track a fortnight back.
The notable early market mover meanwhile is the Lindsay Park-trained Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes winner Catchy ($7 into $6) who Craig Williams rides from a better than mid-field barrier.
Catchy is yet to race the Sydney way, but the bookies are taking no chances with the Group 1 winner who is out to hand co-trainer David Hayes with his second Slipper trophy after his success with the filly Miss Finland back in 2006.
2017 Golden Slipper Form Facts & Betting Stats
Last Year’s Winning Form:
- Last year’s Golden Slipper winner was the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Capitalist (2016) who came off a second in the Todman Stakes, jumped from barrier 2 (of 16) with Blake Shinn aboard the $8 fancy
- Peter & Paul Snowden are back chasing successive wins this weekend with #1 Pariah ($8) and #7 Invader ($21)
- The last trainer to prepare back-to-back Golden Slipper winners was Gai Waterhouse with Pierro (2012) and Overreach (2013)
- #1 Pariah is the only colt or gelding under $10 in the latest Golden Slipper odds and comes off a second in the Blue Diamond Stakes
- #4 Invader has the same Golden Slipper form as Capitalist having run second in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) on March 4
- Jockey Blake Shinn rides #1 Pariah looking to go back-to-back in the race as a hoop for the first time since RS Dye who rode four winners on the trot from 1989-1992
Previous Golden Slipper Winning Trainers:
- Co-trainer of last year’s winner Peter Snowden also prepared Sepoy for his 2011 Golden Slipper win
- Along with Peter Snowden (15-2-2-1) the other previous Golden Slipper winning trainers with a runner this year are: David Hayes (32-1-4-2) with #9 Catchy, #10 Formality, #11 Tulip and #16 Madeenaty; and Paul Perry with the third emergency #19e The Mission
- Having their first starter in a Golden Slipper field are: Mark Newnham with #5 Diamond Tathagata; Michael Freedman with #13 Frolic and #14 Teaspoon; and Toby Edmonds with the favourite #15 Houtzen
- Previous Golden Slipper Winning Jockeys:
- Along with Blake Shinn (4-1-1-0) the other previous Golden Slipper winning jockeys with a ride this weekend are: Tommy Berry (6-2-0-0) on #13 Frolic, Craig Williams (10-1-3-0) on #9 Catchy and Kerrin McEvoy (9-1-2-0) on #11 Tulip
- Regan Bayliss on #16 Madeenaty has his first ride in a Golden Slipper field on Saturday
Golden Slipper Barriers:
- Last year’s Golden Slipper winning barrier (2) has produced three winners (since 1983) and is drawn on Saturday by #10 Formality ($21)
- Barrier 1 was the last to produce back-to-back Golden Slipper champions with Pierro (2012) and Overreach (2013)
- The most successful Golden Slipper barrier (since 1983) with seven winners is also Barrier 1 with Overeach (2013) the last to salute from the inside alley
- The coveted Barrier 1 Golden Slipper Draw belongs this year to #8 Menari ($26)
- Outside of the inside alley three Golden Slipper Stakes barriers have produced four winners each (since 1983): Barrier 5, Barrier 10 and Barrier 11
- #3 Trapeze Artist ($31) is drawn in barrier five, which last produced a winner with Sebring (2008)
- Barrier 10 is drawn by #11 Tulip but with the emergencies out it will be #2 Veranillo (11) in the alley that last produced a winner back in 1994 with Danzero
- Barrier 11 is drawn by #2 Veranillo currently but with the emergencies out it will be #12 She Will Reign (13) out to salute from the gate for the first time since Mossfun (2014)
- Since 1983 the Golden Slipper barriers yet to produce a winner are 4, 9 and 13
- #1 Pariah (barrier four) is out to be the first from that gate
- Barrier 9 is drawn by #16 Madeenaty but with the emergencies out it will be #11 Tulip (10) in the alley
- Barrier 13 is drawn by #12 She Will Reign but with the emergencies out it will be either #14 Teaspoon (14) or #7 Invader (15) out to overcome the hoodoo
Golden Slipper Lead-Up Races
- The Todman Stakes has produced the past two Golden Slipper winners with Vancouver (1st in 2015) and Capitalist (2nd in 2016)
- In the past decade five winners were Todman Stakes graduates and along with Vancouver the other to do the double was Pierro (2012)
- This year the horses out of the Todman Stakes are: Invader (2nd), Veranillo (3rd), the second emergency on Saturday Showtime (4th) and Menari (5th)
- The other best Golden Slipper lead-up race is the Reisling Stakes that has produced three winners in the past ten years most recently with Mossfun (2nd in 2014)
- The last filly to complete the Reisling Stakes – Golden Slipper double was Overreach (2013)
- #13 Frolic ($13) is this year’s Reisling Stakes winner looking to frank that form
- The other Reisling Stakes graduate running in the Slipper field on Saturday is She Will Reign (2nd)
- All nine Golden Slipper winners from 2008 – 2016 finished either first or second in their lead-up run
- This year the only horses (excluding emergencies) that finished worse than second last start are: #2 Veranillo (Todman Stakes 3rd), #8 Menari (Todman Stakes 5th), #10 Formality (Blue Diamond 3rd) and #14 Teaspoon (Sweet Embrace 3rd)
- Catbird (Black Opal Stakes win at Canberra) back in 1999 was the last Golden Slipper Stakes winner to come off a non-Sydney lead-up
- This year the two-year-olds coming off a Melbourne run are Blue Diamond Stakes gradates Catchy (1st), Pariah (2nd), Formality (3rd)
- #6 Trekking comes off a Black Opal Stakes second in Canberra and the favourite #15 Houtzen won at Eagle Farm
Golden Slipper Results: Boys vs Girls
- Four fillies have beaten home the boys in the past ten editions of the Golden Slipper most recently Mossfun (2014)
- Since 1983 a total of fourteen fillies have been crowned the Golden Slipper Stakes winner
- The last filly to start favourite in a Golden Slipper was Earthquake (2014) who ran second to Mossfun
- The last filly to start favourite in a Golden Slipper and win was Overreach in 2013
- Eight fillies feature in this year’s Golden Slipper Stakes field: #9 Catchy, #10 Formality, #11 Tulip, #12 She Will Reign, #13 Frolic, #14 Teaspoon, #15 Houtzen and #19 Madeenaty
- Three of those fillies occupy the opening three lines of Golden Slipper betting with #15 Houtzen ($4.40), #12 She Will Reign ($5) and #9 Catchy ($6)
Golden Slipper Favourites
- Since 2008 four Golden Slipper favourites have saluted most recently Vancouver (2015)
- Just two Golden Slipper winners in the past thirteen years have started at double-figures in betting with Forensics ($13 in 2007) and Phelan Ready ($26 in 2009)
- #15 Houtzen is the 2017 Golden Slipper favourite
Track & Distance Golden Slipper Form
- The previous winners at the Rosehill track are: #1 Pariah (1-1-0-0), #2 Veranillo (2-1-1-0), #4 Single Bullet (1-1-0-0), #6 Trekking (1-1-0-0), #11 Tulip (1-1-0-0), #12 She Will Reign (1-1-0-0), #14 Teaspoon (1-1-0-0) and the first emergency #17e Chauffeur (1-1-0-0)
- The previous winners over the 1200m distance are: #3 Trapeze Artist (3-2-0-0), #13 Frolic (4-2-2-0), #4 Single Bullet (3-1-1-1), #5 Diamond Tathagata (1-1-0-0), #7 Invader (3-1-1-0), #9 Catchy (1-1-0-0), #11 Tulip (2-1-0-0) and #15 Houtzen (1-1-0-0)
Win Rate Golden Slipper Form
- The highest Win Rate of the field belongs to the undefeated fillies #9 Catchy (100%) and #15 Houtzen (100%)
Stay tuned for our insider Golden Slipper Stakes 2017 tips online to be published shortly, checking out the full race form guide below in the meantime courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au – home of Odds Boost (T&Cs apply).